A text that reveals the value and significance of community media in an era of global communication
With contributions from an international team of well-known experts, media activists, and promising young scholars, this comprehensive volume examines community-based media from theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives. More than 30 original essays provide an incisive and timely analysis of the relationships between media and society, technology and culture, and communication and community.
- Provides vivid examples of community and alternative media initiatives from around the world
- Explores a wide range of media institutions, forms, and practices—community radio, participatory video, street newspapers, Independent Media Centers, and community informatics
- Offers cutting-edge analysis of community and alternative media with original essays from new, emerging, and established voices in the field
- Takes a multidimensional approach to community media studies by highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political significance of alternative, independent, and community-oriented media organizations
- Enters the ongoing debates regarding the theory and practice of community media in a comprehensive and engaging fashion
This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Community Media, Alternative Media, Media & Social Change, Communication & Culture, and Participatory Communication in the departments of communication, media studies, sociology, and cultural studies.
Chapter 27: Closings and Openings: Media Restructuring and the Public Sphere
Closings and Openings: Media Restructuring and the Public Sphere
What I would really love is to cut out the middle-man. I would love for us to have access to a platform to communicate with the public and not be moderated by a television station that is doing their story so they can make a profit,… to have even ten minutes just to say what we think is important.
The general threat to the public sphere associated with increasing privatization, commercialization, and conglomeration of media systems has been well articulated (e.g., Bagdikian, 2002; Kidd, McGee, & Fairbairn, 2005; McChesney, Waterman, & Nichols, 2002; Underwood, 2001).1 Less attention has been ...